Posted by: Ticktock | July 8, 2008

Acupuncture Fails Again!


I’m sleeping on the couch tonight after this post.  For those who have read my page on acupuncture, you know that I’m married to a former student of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  My wife allows me the indulgence of debunking the “jing” out of her pet woo woo, but I still need to tread carefully for the sake of a happy marriage.  I’m just here to report the facts, don’t shoot the messenger.

A recent Meta-Analysis of thirteen different studies showed that overall acupuncture has not helped women become pregnant during In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).  Acupuncture has been a popular recommendation by fertility doctors because they’ve assumed that needling relaxes the patient and increases blood flow, which they presumed would aid implantation.  Turns out the doctors were wrong and acupuncture once again failed to stand up to scrutiny.

The only small benefit to acupuncture being used during IVF is that one group in the dataset reported less pain during their particular procedure.  It’s for the benefit of my marriage that I add that positive twist.  I get all my smooches from one source, so I can’t be too critical.  🙂



  1. Funny this. I know an acupuncturist and she claims she can help start labor going ONLY if the woman is ready to go. In other words, she can help get labor going when labor is about to happen anyway. Don’t think I would break into my mad money jar for that.

  2. Wow! So glad I found you through Backpacking Dad. I’m a hard-core skeptic who loves daddy blogs. I can’t wait to tear through your archives.

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